MelHay, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by MelHay)
Full Blooded is one of the best books I read in 2012. Full of everything I enjoy; action, humor, and a touch of romance with a strong independent lead lady. And a few surprises where she is concerned as well. She is much more than anyone thought.
MelHay, September 30, 2012 (view all comments by MelHay)
Jessica wakes to severe pain and the one thing she never thought would happen to her. She's changing...into a werewolf. There are no female werewolves, except Jess. Females don't change, except now Jess has. Now Jessica has to worry about controlling her wolf half or not be allowed to live, not a good sign to have a wild wolf and her first unexpected change doesn't go so well. Jessica is already rare as a female in the wolf world but to shift, unheard of. Just being female has stirred up the people in the supernatural world, spreading rumors and myth she is evil and will bring down the pack. Now? Jessica will fight that it's not going to happen, but now things might change with Jessica's shift...along with her human life she's fought to have.
When Jess changed she tore up her apartment, bad. Of course the police were called and Nick, her business partner and best friend, made it look as a break in instead of a break out. But the cop on the case is not a fan of hers, and suspicious of her physical talents. She needs to keep the secret of being full-blooded werewolf from others as they believe her to be Cain's daughter, yet her newly born wolf is strong and ready to take the lead. Jess can't stay at the compound with her father and the pack as that would stir the pack wolves up and more suspicious, and has to get back to her alias life away from the pack, as Molly Hannon, hoping no one suspects her being Jessica McClain.
I feel for Jessica as her human world collides with the supernatural world, with the wolf she's becoming. Stirring up trouble that only can be handled by humans but caused by wolf strength, which is difficult to explain. Jessica keeps getting deeper as she learns how powerful and special her wolf is. There are many great secondary characters added to the mix. Danny. He's so loyal and knows his place, yet he says things that are fun to lighten Jessica and make her smile. I loved meeting him in Blooded, and still love him here. We have Tyler, her twin brother. Very strong, and similar to their dad. James... aw, he is special and I can't mention much more other than he's Jessica's dads number two, and close with the family. Then we have a hired hit men as well...and the one and only Rourke. Um, I'll stop there as you will want to see what happens with these two, as it's unexpected for both.
I REALLY like the wolf world created! The old lore's and connection to Lycans. Great set up, and finesse in playing the story out. We learn through the book of the werewolf ways and history as we go. It's given in pieces at exactly the right moment, not over told in a long history class. Which makes this read a fast one, along with the action and movement going on.
This story is full of action and pounding. I wasn't sure where the story would unfold to with Jessica's first change, but found I greatly liked the way things were playing out. Jessica tries to uphold her human persona while it's falling apart with the knowledge of her change. And that there just might be more to her, a lot more, than anyone had ever thought. Everything in Molly Hannon's simple human life is changing, as Jessica McClain comes into her own on all levels.
This is one Pack I'm definitely following and howling with. In the end we are left with our mouths hanging open, and scrounging for the next book. So many wants in the end. And Hot Blooded is a must read as soon as it's available!
Amanda has definitely figured out the right combination of information and action to keep a story fast forward and the reader drawn to flipping pages.
Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, September 5, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Along with its extremely sizzling cover, Amanda Carlson's debut novel captures the essence of urban fantasy with a little extra spice! From the spunky teen readers may have met in the series' prequel novella, Blooded, to the strong, independent woman introduced in Full Blooded, readers will be beside themselves in appreciation for the newest tough-chick heroine.
Jessica McCain, assertive and a bit headstrong, is the first and only female werewolf. She left behind her life in the compound of superstitious wolves who believe she's the Daughter of Cain and took on a new persona for safety. With her first werewolf change every precaution her father, the pack's Alpha, put in place is obliterated and life becomes as dangerous as walking in unfamiliar territory. Fortunately, Jessica has friends and blood relatives in her corner. Her strong relationship with her father, her twin brother Tyler, best friend Nick, and other loyal pack mates adds to the story's appeal. With the hand Jessica was dealt, where everything could fall to pieces in seconds, its a pleasurable fact to know that there can be moments of warmth or camaraderie in the plot.
It doesn't take long to become obsessed with Jessica and her wolf. After Jessica's supernatural world is initially established there are so many exciting developments to follow that it becomes hard not to rip the book's pages from turning too fast! Urban fantasy is taken to an extraordinary level and only gets better with hardcore action and the expectancy of romance. Amanda's take on pack law, inter-species relationships, and supernatural lore is fresh and worth more exploring in the next Jessica McCain installment, Hot Blooded.
*Review based on ARC won in Author/Publisher sponsored giveaway*
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In this skimpy paranormal thriller, all werewolves are male — until Jessica McClain, daughter of the respected pack alpha of the Northern U.S. Territories, discovers she can shift. She wanted a relatively quiet life as a PI, but being the first full-blooded female werewolf means that many other supernatural beings want a piece of her, and many of her fellow werewolves want her dead. While every protagonist is by definition special, Jessica is excessively so. Besides lycanthropy, her long list of virtues includes the ability to assume the extremely rare half-wolf, half-human Lycan form; blocking her alpha's psychic link (which no one has ever done before); mate-bonding with an ancient, dangerous were-beast whose animal form has never been seen by anyone living; and violet eyes. Jessica's appallingly stereotyped Hispanic neighbor Juanita ('Ooooh, Chica! I have been so worried! It es soooo good to see you here in the live') heads up a lightly sketched cast, unsupported by the thin plot and exposition-heavy writing. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, the Seymour Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, Amanda Carlson's debut is a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth...
It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race... Meet Jessica McClain — she just became part of the pack.
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn't just different-she's dangerous.
After living in hiding for the last twenty-six years, Jessica wakes up to find she's become a full-blooded werewolf — claws, fangs, fur, everything. It was never supposed to happen: female werewolves don't exist.
When a mercenary killer comes looking for her, her Pack finds themselves caught in the middle of a war. They must rise up to protect her, but no one knows if she's means the end of their race-or just a new beginning.
Now it's up to Jessica to find out why everyone wants her dead. And to show the world what it means to be the only female in a race where testosterone and blood rule. She's become one of them. Jessica McClain is Pack.
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